Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog

A special Trivia Question Tonight

We meet, as always, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's $50.00 Grand Prize last week. This week's prize stands at $60.00. It could all be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice. And this week, as a special treat, we have added our own question as one of the nine we usually pick randomly from our Fact or Crap game box. We preview it here to give everyone a little boost toward our Grand Prize. FACT or CRAP? Donald Trump is a racist. If it wasn't before, after this week's events, the answer is obvious.

In Politics: A lot happened this week but nothing much can be added to the primal scream of commentary we all hear and read. I only repeat the obvious: Donald Trump has torn the scab off the great wound in American politics and wants all of us to re-litigate both the causes of the Civil War and the Nazi Holocaust.

It can be helpful to clean out an infection and irrigate and redress a wound. I only hope that, with the help of well intentioned Republicans, we can do it properly, eliminate the infection and allow our Nation's soul to heal more completely. It is time for everyone to stand up against the fascism Trump represents.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/991.htm

Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Mark won our Trivia Contest's $80.00 Grand Prize last week. He generously contributed $40.00 back to this week's prize pool which will stand at $50.00 today. It could all be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: The craziness of Donald Trump continues unabated. The bullying, the profanity, the misogyny, the self-dealing and crassness, the hypocrisy and the lying, have all become the standard fare of the nightly news. What was once said by his political opponents in the hope that others would recognize the lack of integrity and the insanity of the man, is now voiced regularly by opinion writers and pundits in what passes as the legitimate media. And yet the Donald Trump Show continues seemingly unchecked and undeterred without resolution.

The craziness has become mainstream. It is the new normal.
I wait daily to consume the latest fix of Trump's craziness, yearning for it to end but disappointed if, for some reason, he contains himself and sanity prevails for the day. Yesterday, amid the "fire and fury" pronouncement on North Korea, the news about the FBI raid on the home of Trump's campaign manager, and Trump's personal attacks on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, I was reminded that Donald Trump has been our President for over 200 days. It is hard to believe.

We bemoan Trump's craziness and the benign acceptance of his behavior by most Republicans, and we hope that Trump's political fumbles will lead to Democratic victories in 2018. But, in the meantime, quietly, underneath the public spectacle of our man-child President, his right-wing agenda is institutionalized in our Federal Government and Judiciary. That is why Republicans remain so quiet. It is what they want. It is why they chose to take this crazy, scary ride with a driver who failed Drivers Ed. They would sleep with the devil to feed their corporate masters and cut the taxes of their wealthy patrons. They are complicit in the debasement of our Country and all that flows therefrom.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/990.htm

In South Dakota: It is County Fair time and our Statewide elected officials and candidates seeking to replace them will be in abundance. Our Republican Congressional delegation has been hard to communicate with this year, so if you have a concern, the County Fair might be a good place to talk to them (politely) about issues that concern you.

As for myself, I continue to drink seriously. Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Your Invited to Drinking Liberally tonight. "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00 PM. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's $70.00 Grand Prize last week. This week's prize stands at $80.00. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, the criminal enterprise titled "The Donald Trump Presidency" continues, crippled but still extremely dangerous. A Grand Jury has been impaneled in Washington, DC and the US Senate has arranged its vacation schedule so that the President cannot fire the Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller, make a recess appointment and attempt to quash Mueller's investigation into Trump and those surrounding him. It would all be entertaining and exciting for political junkies like ourselves if it wasn't so damn serious. Someone in California summed it up best for me when they hacked a traffic sign yesterday with the message, "Trump has Herpes". http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Hackers-reprogram-message-board-on-I...

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/989.htm

In South Dakota, that extension of the University of South Dakota's student government politics called the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP), continues to go through the motions of a functioning political party and the staff periodically reprints passages from their job descriptions to justify their paycheck and the monthly subsidy the Party receives from the Democratic National Committee. For example, in an e-mail on May 24th, the SDDP announced a statewide voter registration campaign. "Today we're announcing the Summer Voter Registration Challenge for county party organizations. We're challenging every county party to register as many voters as they can this summer...The Challenge will run from June 1 to September 1...We are encouraging every county party to have some sort of registration event on June 3…"
The e-mail didn't specify what "sort of" registration event should be held but it did ask recipients to contact the SDDP with any questions anyone may have, such as "What the hell should I do".
The results of the "Summer Voter Registration Challenge" have been predictable. Since the late May announcement, Democratic voter registration has declined statewide by 983 voters. I know it is summer vacation and school is still out, but the USD football team is already practicing for the opening game. Perhaps it is time for Ann Tornberg and her USD staff at the SDDP to pick it up a notch and send out another e-mail. It may seem like Student Government at the SDDP and who really cares about that but you are getting paid.

Cory Heidelberger at Dakota Free Press has a nice summary of the Democratic Party's registration woes in the state.
http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/08/02/voter-stats-every-party-loses-in-j...

As for me, I continue to drink seriously. Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight. We can talk about some "sort of" voter registration campaign.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, "The Arc of History Bends Toward Revenge", John McCain

We meet, as always, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Elwyn won our Trivia Contest's $110.00 Grand Prize last week. He generously contributed $60.00 back to our prize pool. This week's prize stands at $70.00. It could all be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, the congressional Republican's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) failed late last night 51-49 when Senator John McCain rediscovered his Maverick soul and voted against the Republicans final repeal bill. The pundits will have a lot to say about Senator McCain's vote and the courage he showed in crossing the partisan divide. Chuck Todd of Meet the Press said that "John McCain saved the Republican Party from itself." True perhaps, but as one wit also said, McCain's vote shows that the "The arc of History bends toward Revenge".

Our own South Dakota Senators, John Thune and Mike Rounds, were in the thick of the Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare, leading the charge to deny 22 million Americans health insurance, gutting Medicaid and forcing the cost of uncompensated care on local government (you and me), undermining the revenue of nursing homes, particularly those in rural areas like South Dakota, and increasing the health insurance premiums of average South Dakotans by at least 20%, $1421 on average and $2545 for those over 60. Why would our own Senators support legislation that affected South Dakotans so badly? Simply put, they want to deliver tax cuts to their wealthy masters. But more to the point, and in the spirit of Donald Trump and his new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, it is because they are "Republicans"; mean, venal little bastards beholden to their wealthy patrons, wishing to be wealthy patrons themselves, aspiring to power rather than fairness, believing money equates to Godliness and certain they are better than ordinary, working people. Some might conclude that, at their core, they are evil but that may be hyperbolic.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/988.htm

I continue to drink seriously. Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, "The Arc of History Bends Toward Revenge", John McCain

We meet, as always, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Elwyn won our Trivia Contest's $110.00 Grand Prize last week. He generously contributed $60.00 back to our prize pool. This week's prize stands at $70.00. It could all be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, the congressional Republican's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) failed late last night 51-49 when Senator John McCain rediscovered his Maverick soul and voted against the Republicans final repeal bill. The pundits will have a lot to say about Senator McCain's vote and the courage he showed in crossing the partisan divide. Chuck Todd of Meet the Press said that "John McCain saved the Republican Party from itself." True perhaps, but as one wit also said, McCain's vote shows that the "The arc of History bends toward Revenge".

Our own South Dakota Senators, John Thune and Mike Rounds, were in the thick of the Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare, leading the charge to deny 22 million Americans health insurance, gutting Medicaid and forcing the cost of uncompensated care on local government (you and me), undermining the revenue of nursing homes, particularly those in rural areas like South Dakota, and increasing the health insurance premiums of average South Dakotans by at least 20%, $1421 on average and $2545 for those over 60. Why would our own Senators support legislation that affected South Dakotans so badly? Simply put, they want to deliver tax cuts to their wealthy masters. But more to the point, and in the spirit of Donald Trump and his new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, it is because they are "Republicans"; mean, venal little bastards beholden to their wealthy patrons, wishing to be wealthy patrons themselves, aspiring to power rather than fairness, believing money equates to Godliness and certain they are better than ordinary, working people. Some might conclude that, at their core, they are evil but that may be hyperbolic.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/988.htm

I continue to drink seriously. Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet, as always, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contests Grand Prize last week. This week's Prize stands at a record $110.00. Our friendly contest is getting serious and the Prize could all be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, last night the Washington Post and the New York Times published a number of stories related to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in our 2016 Presidential Election and the Trump Campaign's possible collusion with them. The Special Prosecutor apparently has started to "follow the money" and when you're talking about American billionaires and Russian oligarchs there is a lot of money to follow. Trump has warned the Special Prosecutor not to go there. Here is a link to a post in Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo which summarizes the Times' and Post stories nicely, spiced with a little analysis. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-president-at-war To quote from Mr. Marshall's final paragraph,

"....We are far, far past the point where there is any credible reason to doubt that President Trump is hiding major and broad-ranging wrongdoing. No mix of ego, inexperience, embarrassment or anything else can explain his behavior. It just can't. He's hiding bad acts. And the country is likely heading toward a major constitutional and political crisis because Trump is signaling that he will not allow the normal course of the law to apply to him – a challenge which puts the entire edifice of democratic government under threat."

Others have suggested and I agree that it is time to put our Congressional delegation on record as to where they stand on the Special Prosecutor's investigation. Do they stand with the Rule of Law? Or, in fear of a set back to the Republican agenda of tax cuts for the wealthy and the elimination of health insurance for 22 million Americans, do they stand with the corruption and lawlessness at the core of the Trump Administration? If Trump fires the Special Prosecutor as he apparently desires, will Mr. Thune, Mr. Rounds and Ms. Noem vote to reinstate Mr. Mueller? It is time to put them on record.

And, as blase as it may be after aging for 24 hours in the current news climate, here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/987.htm

In South Dakota: In an article written by Dana Ferguson in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Democratic candidate for Governor Billie Sutton said his campaign planned to reach out to voters on a "one to one" basis which, according to Ferguson, implied that Sutton doesn't plan on receiving a lot of help from the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP). This is wise of Mr. Sutton, and it, unfortunately, underlines the SDDP's continued march toward irrelevance even in the eyes of its standard bearer. I repeat (perhaps ad nauseam) my belief that it is time to make the SDDP democratic; that its current governing system allows rural interests to dominate the Party's thinking and stifles its efforts to assemble the resources and political programs that resonate with a majority of voters. To emphasize this point, I submit (again) the following link to maps of South Dakota sized by Democratic voters by county. If you study it, I think you will agree, it is time to make the South Dakota Democratic Party democratic.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yCsy2wvjWPUU7GQnRnyBWMwBbzykY-vc...

In search of solutions, I continue to drink seriously. Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

We meet tonight at the "41 TapHouse", as always.

We will meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Several of our merry crew traveled to the South Dakota Democratic Party's Central Committee meeting in Pickstown last Friday (more on this below), requiring us to cancel last week's trivia contest. We apologize. We will hold a contest this week and (as a penance) double the $10 we add each week to our Grand Prize which will stand at $100 today. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, the insanity continues. It is almost beyond description. You would think one of our Republican representatives would stand up and oppose the self-dealing and the lies that spew daily from the Trump Administration. But it appears not to be. The Republican Party in South Dakota seems too tightly bound to their wealthy masters to consider what is best for the country. Instead we circle the drain of immorality together and embarrass ourselves in the face the world as Republicans jockey for short term political gain, for tax cuts for the wealthy, for the opportunity to eliminate the health insurance for 22 million Americans, and for the glory of selfishness as personified by a corrupt New York real estate developer.

In honor of Donald Trump Jr. and at the suggestion of a loyal crew member, we declare the "Moscow Mule" the Drinking Liberally drink of July. Here is the recipe:
1 ½ ounces of Vodka, ½ cup of Ginger Beer, ½ fluid ounce of lime juice, pour over ice and add a wedge of lime.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/986.htm

In South Dakota: As I mentioned, we attended the SDDP's Central Committee meeting in Pickstown last Friday. The good news is that Democrats have a candidate for Governor, Billie Sutton from Burke and, as of yesterday, a candidate for our lone US House seat, Judge Tim Bjorkman from Canistota. We wish both of them great success in their campaigns. While he is not as well known, I think Judge Bjorkman is a particularly attractive candidate.

The bad news is that, despite its best efforts, the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) continues down the road to irrelevance. They spent most of their Pickstown meeting debating changes to their Constitution or listening to the Chair, Ann Tornberg, lecture the group on the need to be circumspect about their discussions. Contrary to the SDDP's Constitution which states explicitly that all meetings of the SDDP are open to the public, Ann seemed to believe that meetings should be closed and plans should be secret. To my mind, secrecy allows people to maintain power without the need to justify it intellectually. Ann's wish was corrected by others but she continued to insist that she expected Central Committee members to keep what they hear to themselves. So much for democracy.

I have argued for a long time that it is time to make the Democratic party Democratic; that the current One-County-One-Vote system under which it governs itself allows rural interests to dominate the Party's thinking too much and stifles its efforts to assemble the resources and construct a political program that appeals to a majority of the voters in the state. To emphasize this point I re-submit for your review a link to a map of South Dakota Counties sized by Democratic voter registration. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yCsy2wvjWPUU7GQnRnyBWMwBbzykY-vc...
It is worth noting that four representatives from the Burke, SD area currently serve on the SDDP's 24 person Executive Board, but only 2 from the Sioux Falls Metro area, and only three from the Rapid City Metro area.
The rural dominance of the SDDP was clearly in evidence in Pickstown. While the leadership talks a good game, encouraging County parties to register voters, hiring staff with subsidies from the DNC, centralizing the recruitment of legislative candidates (a questionable strategy), and attempting to raise money to compete with Republicans, its lack of success and the continuing decline in Democratic voter registration speaks for itself. For example, in June alone, the first full month following the SDDP's announcement of a statewide voter registration drive, Democratic voter registration declined by 146 voters according to the South Dakota Secretary of State's website. https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/upcoming-elections/voter-registration... In contrast, Republican registration increased by 403 voters in June. Since the November 2016 general election, Republicans have expanded their advantage over Democrats by 2599 voters in South Dakota. During the two months in which the SDDP has conducted its newest voter registration drive, May and June, Democratic voter registration has declined by 202 and 146 respectively.
Some might argue that the SDDP's Chair, Ann Tornberg, and her staff don't know what the hell they are doing. Not me. I let the numbers speak for themselves.

In search of solutions, I continue to drink seriously. Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet, as always, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's grand prize last week. Our Grand Prize stands at $60 today. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: The Republicans continue to fumble their repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leaving Washington, DC for the July 4th recess without voting on their replacement health care bill. As it now stands, the 22 million people who will lose their health insurance under the current Republican bill can afford to get ill until the Senate returns on July 7th. Then it will be Katy-bar-the-door. It appears that the Senate Republicans are a few votes short of the 50 they need because the bat-shit crazy wing of their party doesn't believe their current proposal is draconian enough. Leave it to Republicans to fight over how mean they want their healthcare bill to be, absolutely mean or arguably not as mean as "their bat-shit crazy friends" want it to be. One thing is certain, like a hound dog on a scent, the Republicans want the $800 billion in tax cuts their wealthy donors will get if the ACA is repealed. Unfortunately for most Americans, it doesn't appear that anything, including meanness, can embarrass the Republican into considering the welfare of "other people" and scraping this bill. They always seem to find a way to "yes" or to put the resonating voice of their looming consensus more descriptively, they always seem to find a way to "screw 'em".

And then, of course, there is Trump and Russia.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/984.htm

In South Dakota: Billie Sutton, a Democratic candidate for Governor was in Sioux Falls Wednesday to promote his Campaign. I didn't see him while he was here. We could use a report.

The South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) will hold a Central Committee meeting in Pickstown, July 7th at 4:30 PM. The SDDP's last Central Central Committee meeting was a humdinger with a large minority of its member pushing for a change in leadership. This movement seems to have dissipated since then but it has been clear for a long time that something must be done to turn the Democratic Party's fortunes around in South Dakota. In the meantime, using statewide voter registration as an objective measure of performance, the SDDP's prospects continue to decline, down 454 voters since the November 2016 general election vs a Republican increase of 2050. In May alone, contemporaneous with the SDDP's announcement of a statewide voter registration project, Democratic registration declined by 202 registered voters.

I have started drinking seriously. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet tonight, as always, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's $40 grand prize last week. With the $10 we add each week and the $20 Mary generously contributed last week, our Grand Prize stands at $50 today. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: With the support of Trump and our US Senators, Thune and Rounds, Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act next week and throw 23 million people off of their Health Insurance. Some Republicans are going through their usual hand-wringing ritual, complaining that the bill they plan to vote on goes too far or doesn't go far enough. But we all know their hand-wringing is just for show. Deep down Republicans want to give tax cuts to the wealthy patrons they serve and if they have to eliminate the health insurance for 23 million Americans to do so, so be it. Amen. Tough crap. To paraphrase the views of Trump, our Congressional Delegation, and most Republicans, "The people who will lose their health insurance under our plan are poor anyway, Right?… So do they really count? They are Godless too most likely, Right?...If they were good like us, if they were Godlike, they wouldn't be poor, Right? And they could buy health insurance themselves. Right? Besides they will still have "access" to health insurance (if they can afford it)(snark, snark)), so what are they complaining about. Screw them! I want my tax cuts."

As usual, President Obama said it best, "Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation."

"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America."
— Barack Obama, in a Facebook post.
https://www.facebook.com/barackobama/posts/10154996557026749

And, if the Republican's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act wasn't enough, we have the Russian thing going on and all the other crazy stuff this alt-right, Republican President can dream up in his fact-free universe. For example, via Political Wire ( https://politicalwire.com/ ) we have,

"Trump Proposes Law That's Existed for 20 Years: By Taegan Goddard 141
President Trump "called for a new law barring immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years at a rally on Wednesday. But neither Trump nor nearly 6,000 of his die-hard supporters seemed to realize that the law has already existed for more than 20 years," USA Today reports.
"Trump received a standing ovation and pledged his administration would put the legislation into effect 'very shortly.'"

If you want the facts on this and other matters, I discovered a very thorough and academic source:

http://econofact.org/do-undocumented-immigrants-overuse-government-benef...

Finally, here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/983.htm

I have started drinking seriously. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Spellerberg Park Friday, Potluck Picnic, 5:00 PM

This Friday, and this Friday only, we move our regular 5:00 PM gathering from the "TapHouse 41" to Spellerberg Park at 22nd and Western and join the Democratic potluck picnic honoring Roger Andal. Roger was a Minnehaha County Democratic Chair, a leader of the Disabled American Veterans, a Tom Daschle aide, and an all around good man. He passed away unexpectedly several years ago.

I am not sure alcohol is allowed in a public park so Friday we may not be able to live up to our name. Use your own judgment but, considering the Trumpian world we live in, do rules really matter? For the record, I think so, but I am not sure Republicans do. They appear able to accept any outlandish behavior from Donald Trump as long as he supports tax cuts for their Billionaire masters, appoints right-wing federal judges, and eliminates regulations protecting us from Wall Street scam artists and faceless corporate bureaucrats.

Join us for Friday's picnic at Spellerberg Park.

We need to discuss how we can influence the dwindling minority (down to 34% in recent polls) of mostly Republican voters who still support Trump despite his right-wing agenda and his probable insanity.

In Trivia News: Mary won our $65 dollar Grand Prize last week answering all nine questions correctly. Congratulations Mary! She contributed her winnings to the Billie Sutton for Governor Campaign. (Billie comes from Gregory County and Mary hails from Mission, SD, just down the road. She feels a local connection. She also believes Billie is a strong Gubernatorial candidate. I concur.) Whether or not we hold a Trivia contest this Friday depends on the dynamics of the Democratic Picnic. If we do, the prize will be $10. If not, we will start our Trivia contest next week, June 15th, with a $20.00 prize when we return to our usual venue at the "Tabhouse 41".

In Politics: I posted this video last week evidencing the incontrovertible fact that Trump is a bully. I can't let it go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecTuW_KU7YE

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/981.htm It has a very good summary debunking many of the falsehoods Trump repeated when he withdrew from the Paris (Global Warming) Accord.

Join us at Drinking Liberally Friday, at Spellerberg Park. Remember the Picnic is a potluck.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: At Spellerberg Park this week but normally at the "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.